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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1996 Renault Fifties

To start off, 1996 Renault Fifties is newer by 22 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Renault 12. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Renault 12 would be higher. At 1,289 cc (4 cylinders), 1974 Renault 12 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Renault Fifties (60 HP) has 7 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1996 Renault Fifties should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 Renault Fifties weights approximately 625 kg more than 1974 Renault 12. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1996 Renault Fifties is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1996 Renault Fifties. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1996 Renault Fifties
Make Renault Renault
Model 12 Fifties
Year Released 1974 1996
Engine Position Front Rear
Engine Size 1289 cc 1099 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 60 HP
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1575 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 3610 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2590 mm


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